St Bride's: News - Ninth Award of the Guild Journalism Bursary

St Bride's: News

Ninth Award of the Guild Journalism Bursary

Ninth Award of the Guild Journalism Bursary

Sophie Dickinson

Meet the Guild of St Bride's ninth bursary student, Sophie Dickinson, who is starting her one-year MA journalism course at City, University of London, this autumn. 

Sophie was chosen to receive the £3,000 award from a shortlist of four candidates interviewed over the summer. The Guild's court decided to set up the award scheme to 'put something back' into the profession and support promising young scholars take their first steps towards a career in journalism.

All previous eight scholars have gone on after postgraduate studies to take up posts with leading national and international news organisations, some now moving into senior correspondents' roles in foreign bureaus.

Sophie was born in Lancashire, where she lived until moving to Cambridge University to study English in 2015. There she became editor of The Cambridge Student newspaper, writing for the news sections and magazine. She wrote a final-year dissertation on postcards and landscape. Her hobbies include wild water swimming, writing poetry and supporting football club Preston North End.

She says her interests in journalism include culture writing, political reporting and current affairs, and is excited to see the direction she may eventually take during her course. 

Simon Greaves, a Financial Times journalist who set up the bursary scheme for the Guild, said: "Sophie was an outstanding candidate from a top-quality field of applicants. As the scheme approaches its first decade, it is worth noting where our other scholars are now, who are listed in the table below. The church and Guild has been wonderful in giving these promising young people a financial kick-start to their careers and it has been very rewarding to see them also taking time to support church activities when their studies allow."

Kelly Rush, City's donor relations officer, said: "City values highly the relationship we have with the Guild and your support of our students. Financial support in the form of scholarships and bursaries is invaluable in ensuring that our students have the best learning experience possible despite financial constraints."     

St Bride's Guild Scholars

Tom Knowles 2012 staff of the Times  

Rozina Sabur 2013 staff of the Telegraph 

Bryony Clarke, 2014 staff at the Guardian  

May Bulman 2015 staff of the Independent 

James Sutton, 2016 on the staff at Citywire 

Joe Bray 2017 on sports staff of Manchester Evening News

Anna Menin 2018-19 staff at CityAM 

Abbie Cheesman  2018-19 Beirut-based freelance correspondent

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